Old Bloke On An Old Bike

The story of the restoration of a 1950s classic bicycle for a Land's End – John O'Groats charity ride in aid of Alzheimer's Society

21 May 2016: The route

Well, here’s the plan – 18 stages. And no rest day! It’s an unusual route, taking in stops with friends and family and a stop in Shipley to visit Ellis Briggs, where the frame of my bike was originally built in December 1949.

The distance for each stage (averaging 57.5 miles) is a rough estimate – almost certainly an underestimate, given the state of my navigation. It’s quite likely that we’ll achieve the 65-mile a day average that we’re aiming for.

The longest stage, Aviemore-Lairg (86 miles), will be very tough – particularly if there’s any sort of headwind. Total distance will be just over 1,000 miles.

Stage Destination Distance Total Average
1 Truro 50 50 50
2 Bude 64 114 57
3 Tiverton 54 168 56
4 Cheddar 61 229 57
5 Ross-on-Wye 64 293 59
6 Stokesay 50 343 57
7 Stone 53 396 57
8 Dore 58 454 57
9 Shipley 57 511 57
10 Ireby 48 559 56
11 Brampton 65 624 57
12 Innerleithen 65 689 57
13 Kinross 59 748 58
14 Pitlochry 47 795 57
15 Aviemore 57 852 57
16 Lairg 86 938 59
17 Armadale 52 990 58
18 John O’Groats 45 1035 58

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This entry was posted on May 21, 2016 by in The route.